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ERIC Number: ED563989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Bullying of Adjunct Faculty at Community Colleges and Steps toward Resolution
Reigle, Rosemary
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Adjunct instructors benefit community colleges through their flexibility, diversity, innovation and contributions to student success; however, their part-time status can result in friction with full-time/tenured faculty, a problem that can lead to bullying. In an effort to determine what forms bullying of adjunct faculty take and how these instructors respond to such treatment from full-time/tenured faculty, a survey that covered incidence, response, and resolution measures was emailed to part-time and adjunct faculty at public community colleges throughout the United States. Results indicate that bullying took the form of denial of advancement, harassment, offensive comments, and social exclusion, and that most instructors who were bullied made no effort to report it. Results also show that respondents who were bullied were less likely to perceive that their institutions had a clear process for reporting workplace harassment and less likely to agree that such conflicts can be resolved within the institution. To promote a more equitable workplace and improve relationships between adjuncts and full-time/tenured faculty, community colleges should develop a definition of bullying that applies more directly to higher education, create better processes for reporting and handling complaints about hostile work environments, implement a more transparent system for resolving instances of bullying, and promote a culture that values the contributions of adjuncts.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A